diy macrame plant hanger

July 31, 2013

I bought a stack of vintage macrame pattern books at an estate sale recently. After looking through them my interest was totally peaked in this lost art! Most of the patterns in the books were really intricate (like a macrame unit holding up wood shelves!) Since I’m a newbie, I though I’d come up with my own pattern for a simple planter.


  • Cord (I bought my macrame cord from ebay) 
  • Wooden beads
  • Metal ring 
  • Terra cotta flower pot (I covered mine in fabric using this tutorial)
  • Scissors
 [Cut 8 strands of cord that are 6 feet long. Set aside. Cut 1 strand of cord that is 5 feet long. Tie the end of the 5 foot cord around the metal ring. Loop the cord under and through the ring creating a backwards “e”. Pull to tighten]
[Repeat the knotting process until the whole ring is covered. Set aside]
[Take the ends of the 8 strands and tie in a knot. Leave about 6 inches at the end for fringe]
[Separate the strings into 4 groups of 2]
[Tie a double knot about an inch down from the main knot]
[Tie a double knot with the rest of the sections]
[Take strands #1 and #8 and double knot together]
[Continue to knot the strands on the left with the ones directly to the right, forming a square]
[Repeat the knotting again, making the square 1 size larger]
[Measure roughly 10 1/2 inches up from the last set of knots you made. Take all the strands and tie them in a large knot. String a few beads over all the strands]
[You can string the beads on however you like. Here I separated the strands into 2 groups of 4 and strung on smaller beads. When you are finished adding beads, make a knot]
[Tie a tight knot around the ring]
[Take a strand that’s loose and wrap it around the base of the knot. Tie to secure and trim and ends that are dangling]

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